Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion
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The Battle of Gettysburg, in 1863, produced the largest number of casualties in the entire Civil War. This story highlights Abraham Lincoln's role as commander in chief and sets the stage for one of the most memorable speeches in American history. Distributed by XiveTV.
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1. Experts are knowledgable - I really look forward to understanding big complex ideas through the eyes of an expert. They just have a way of simplifying things that really helps absorb information.
2. Pictures, maps, and commentary voices - Very rich illustrations, and the commentary was helpful in visualizing what took place from an individuals perspective.
1. It's not very cohesive and lacks context - there was so information thrown around it was very hard to follow. In other words I would not recommend this to someone who has no prior information and simply wants to understand American History. I understand there are a limited sources to pull from, but it would help to have a big picture first (Map of USA, zoom to map of war state, introduction to reason why war started and how, etc) and then to have it broken down. For example, literally half way into the doc, one expert finally mentions how the war was supposedly started. Furthermore, maps are thrown around with commentary, but the viewer has no clue how to visualize this on the map without any kind of marks or annotations. Additionally, many important hills, and war locations were shown in pictures, but it was absolutely impossible to geographically map it all in your head, which is naturally what everyone will try to do!
2. Acting was poor and not timed very well - I can appreciate the effort, but it was distracting and cheesy. Reenacting rarely helps illustrate what took place.
I wouldn't recommend this.